Bio – Tara Shortt
Fifteen years of documentary production has taken Tara around the world from China to Papua New Guinea, to Guatemala and Nunavut. She has directed documentaries on the top of mountains, falling out of planes, and scuba diving with sharks.
Tara began her career as a television and print journalist and quickly gravitated toward writing and directing documentary films. She has a talent for mining the depths of the human experience to unearth rich, character-driven narratives with universal themes.
In 2007 Tara completed the feature documentary "Cracking Up." This quirky film documents the journey of a dozen remarkable people who set out to turn their painful experience of mental illness into stand up comedy.
In a creative industry that demands versatility, Tara is proficient in a wide scope of factual television genres.  From character-driven stories and investigative documentaries, to adventure sports and reality series.  Her work has aired internationally on the Discovery Channel, TLC, PBS, Life Network, Global Television, CBC, The Sports Network (TSN), TV3 New Zealand, Network 10 Australia.
In 2000, Tara was nominated for a Jack Webster award for her cover story on child prostitution in Vancouver's downtown eastside.   In 2001 she was presented with a Leo Award for Best Director on an Informational Series. In 2007 she was awarded a prize for “Best Documentary” at the prestigious Voice Awards in Los Angeles